The Cape Town Agreement will be launched 12 months after it has been ratified by 22 States which, altogether, have 3,600 or more fishing vessels of at least 24 metres in length operating on the high seas.

H.E. Ambassador Nicole Taillefer, Permanent Representative of France to IMO, presented the instrument of ratification to IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, on 23 of February.